University of Saskatchewan teaches students how to deal with ‘freshman flu’

The “freshman flu” is likely to hit students in the coming weeks as the cold season approaches.

Thousands of students began gathering on the University of Saskatchewan campus just a few weeks ago, meaning germs and diseases are bound to spread like wildfire.

Ishita Mann, president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU), said students should stay home when they are sick and communicate their needs to their professors.

“Conversations with professors and department heads can clear up a lot of confusion students might have about their options,” Mann said.

Mann said it is possible to reschedule or reschedule exams and be offered extensions for a*signments and quizzes.

The August CRISP report showed a decrease in positive laboratory tests for COVID-19, as well as the flu.

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No cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have been reported.

“Prioritize your health and well-being and stay home,” Mann said. “There’s a good chance your professor is recording lectures.”

She said if you have to go to campus when you have a cold, wear a mask.

“If you miss a cla*s or two, it’s not the end of the world and you have solutions available to you. »

She said the campus is full of tutoring options and learning communities that can make it easier to catch up on missed a*signments and cla*ses.

“Use your peers and make connections when you come to cla*s. Rely on the people you come into contact with on a daily basis.

Mann said students can still stop by USSU and access resources through the academic vice president.

“She can serve as a bridge between students, faculty and others in leadership positions. I understand that young people are sometimes hesitant to approach people in positions of power.

The University of Saskatchewan’s sickness policy states that students should stay home if they feel ill.

“Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should consider taking a rapid COVID-19 antigen test,” the university’s disease policy reads. “Rapid testing is available for USask students, staff and faculty at the USSU office.

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“If you are sick, stay home. You need to feel better before returning to campus.

Students can learn more about how to reschedule an exam on the university’s website.

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